Saturday, January 7, 2012

Rule by sophistry


The philosophy behind the provision was clearly articulated by Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), who told the Senate that fighting al-Qaeda, or any terrorist group for that matter, is not a law enforcement function, but rather a military function, and that therefore, due process is not applicable, including in a case where the suspect is an American citizen.
"If you join al-Qaeda, you suffer the consequences of being killed or captured," he said. "If you are an American citizen and you betray your country, you are going to be held in military custody and you are going to be questioned about what you know. You are not going to be given a lawyer if our national security interests dictate that you not be given a lawyer and go into the criminal justice system because we are not fighting a crime, we are fighting a war."
from Congress Gives Obama His Hitlerian Enabling Act

Graham (a lawyer), by advocating this patently un-Constitutional position, (which presumes that anyone CHARGED with treason is guilty, and therefore that due process is not necessary) has betrayed his country.  So, he should turn himself in at the nearest military base to be "questioned" until he is reduced to "a piece of furniture."  (We got a lot of good information out of Jose Padilla, as proven by John Yoo's likely assertion that things would have been much worse if Padilla's mind hadn't been destroyed.)

But of course that wouldn't happen, because when it comes to waging the "war on terror," there's a double standard: the standard applied to Mammon's puppets within the government (i.e. they ARE the law of the land, and can change as necessary, after spewing some gibberish, to allow whatever they want to do next), and the standard applied to whomever these traitors designate as "enemies" (i.e. including any US citizen who lashes out as they back us further and further into a corner) which is that they have no rights, and can be treated in any manner.